Little Inventions to Make Life Easy
Why Weren’t They Thought of Before?
A New Way of Directing the Breeze of a Fan
A FAN motor is enclosed in a spherical shell, so that no moving parts are visible. The current of air generated by the fan is directed through a nozzle which is covered by a wire mesh as a protective measure. The air is forced out in a parallel current, and blown in any desired direction.
Handling the Cord of Electric Irons
THE convenience and usefulness of electric flatirons is sometimes impaired because of the connecting cord’s continually catching on the end of the ironingboard or other obstruction. An armband has lately been invented which will hold the cord close to the operator’s elbow, and thus make it follow all motions of the arm naturally. This not only conserves the temper of the user but saves wear on the cord.
A Salt-Shaker Which Will Not Clog
A CLEVERLY devised shaker ____ has been made, the makers K/íf daim that it will loosj|f en clogged salt. It is of clear glass with a noncorrosive white metal top. A spiral loop of wire which occupies the center of the shaker, is turned by a twist of the knob above the lid. The coil of wire when turned reaches every part of the interior of the shaker, thus breaking up the salt.
At Last! A Lock For Slipping Rubbers
RUBBERS and overshoes are apt to slip from the foot and stick in the mud when a little worn—as every commuter who has hurried to catch a car knows. A new device has been brought out, which consists of a hook-like member riveted to the rubber and a socket attached to the shoe, both being made of metal. The hook catches in the socket and holds the rubber shoe securely until it is removed by hand.
AN adjustable kettle-cover of a conical shape with a handle at the side is so made that by a slight pressure on the handle and a simple adjustment, the cover fits any ordinary pot or pan. The conical shape allows steam to gather in the top; this not only prevents boiling over but also serves to cook the food more thoroughly. The volume of steam held within the dish hastens the cooking process.
Hammer for One-Armed Man
THE illustration shows a hammer which is very useful to the one-armed man. With it he can set nails as well as if he had both arms. The hammer is also very useful to the normal person. It adds some two feet to any carpenter’s reach.
Semaphore Signals for Automobiles
THE illustration shows how an automobile driver may convey his intentions to the occupants of a car in the rear, by means of a semaphore signaling device. It will be noticed that the two semaphores are mounted on the rear mudguards of the car; and by means of an electromagnet concealed in each column the signals can be controlled from the driver’s seat. If the automobile is to stop, both semaphores will be thrown up; if a turn to the right is intended, the right semaphore arm will be displayed. For night use electric lights are provided in the signal columns, and by means of red and green glass disks in the semaphores the desired signals may be easily displayed.
An Adjustable Golf-Tee Board
A GOLF-TEE board which pro vides three tees at different elevations above the board has been invented to meet the ideas of individual players. On a disk revolving in a vertical slot or opening of the board the three tees are attached and project varying distances from the axis of rotation so that the balls may be supported at different elevations above the board.
When the ball is driven from either one of the individual tees the tee as a whole will yield and turn in the direction of the blow, thus reducing the possibility of injury to the tee and permitting an unretarded release of the ball.
Combined Penholder and Blotter
AN U M B E R of disks made of blotting paper are held on two small washers which are fastened to the ends of a central axis. Th is device is attached to a penholder by means of a clip similar to those commonly used to hold a pen or pencil in the pocket. In use, the blotter is rolled over the writing, instead of being placed flat.
Saw Cuts Square Hole
A SAW that cuts a square hole in a floor without the aid of any other tool is shown in the illustration. The saw is rounded so as to make the incision and provided with an adjustable handle so that the strain on the wrist in the initial stages is eliminated. An auger bit is not needed.
Skinning the Slippery Eel
THIS ciamp1 i k e tool grasps the skin of an eel, tweezerfashion, and strips it off in much the same way as one removes a glove. Special notches enable the jaws to grip the skin securely. The opposite end of the tool is a knife-blade useful in further dissection. Projections on the back of the blade are handy in scaling fish.
Why Fall Down in Your Bath-Tub?
PERFORATIONS are made in the bathtub rim to serve as handholds, the holes being cut in a variety of forms as shown. A firm grip can be secured on these even though the hands be slippery with soap. Thus the slips and slides frequently resulting from an insecure handhold are avoided.